Here are some tips for staying cool while waiting for an air conditioning service:

Embrace the kiddie pool: Don’t just reserve them for children. Filling up a kiddie pool, dipping your feet inside, and occasionally splashing water on your arms and legs can help keep you cool until a technician arrives.

During the summer, air conditioning service companies receive a surge in repair calls. If your air conditioner breaks down on a scorching day, you might find yourself waiting for several hours for assistance. While waiting, take steps to cool down your home and yourself.

To cool your home:

  • Close window treatments to block out the sun.
  • Avoid turning on overhead lights and lamps as they generate heat.
  • Turn off non-essential heat-generating electronics like TVs and computers.
  • Use a whole-house fan and open windows to push warm air out.
  • Open your chimney flue to remove warm air.
  • Cross-ventilate by opening windows on opposite sides if the weather permits.
  • Refrain from using the oven or stove, which can quickly heat up your home.

To cool yourself down:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that allows perspiration to evaporate.
  • Place fans in windows to bring in cooler outdoor air.
  • Use ceiling fans to create a wind-chill effect and plug in additional fans.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and consuming water-rich foods.
  • Eating spicy foods can induce perspiration, helping your body cool down.
  • Use ice or frozen water bottles in front of fans to create a makeshift air conditioner.
  • Mist your pulse points with water or apply cold compresses.
  • Cover uncomfortable furniture with cool, smooth fabrics like cotton sheets.
  • Apply aloe vera to your skin for its cooling properties.
  • Wear a damp shirt or enjoy a tepid bath or shower to lower your body temperature.

If you’re feeling adventurous, set up a slip n’ slide using an old tarp sprayed with water, but make sure to secure the corners first.

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